Double Bass Faculty
Dr. Hunter Capoccioni has nearly two decades experience working as a performer and music educator. A passionate advocate for chamber music, Dr. Capoccioni currently works at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he has spent the last six years managing the string and piano chamber music division of the school. Before his position at Rice, Dr. Capoccioni spent eight years as the double bass instructor at the University of Northern Iowa and held teaching positions at Grinnell, Cornell, and Wartburg colleges.
As a performer, Dr. Capoccioni has performed with orchestras in the U.S. and Europe. He has served as Principal Double Bass of the Norrland Symphony Orchestra in Umea, Sweden, the Norwegian Opera Company in Oslo, Norway, and the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. A frequent substitute musician and collaborator in Texas, Dr. Capoccioni performs regularly with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet, Musiqua, Opera in the Heights, Aperio, The Victoria Bach Festival, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio.
Dr. Capoccioni holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Music Performance from Rice Univeristy and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His teachers include Michael Cameron, Paul Ellison, Diana Gannett, Gary Karr, and Fred Rees.